Take that LEAP of faith
I read somewhere recently that if you asked people what human emotion is responsible for our worst behavior, you’d get a ton of responses: greed, hate, pride, etc. But the answer is fear. Fear is the first cause of many of our terrible character flaws. If you think about it, jealousy is the fear of loss; pride the fear of diminished position or status; greed the fear that someone might have more than you.
“Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, and hate leads to suffering.”
It’s not just our negative behaviors that are fueled by fear, it’s many of our sins of omission. The things we leave undone, the conversations we never have, the risks we don’t take and the adventures we don’t have are all influenced on some level by fear.
Of course, you can’t stop yourself from feeling fear, anxiety and insecurity. But how would your life change right now if you decided not to be ruled by those feelings? What would you do if you actually trusted God’s promises? Do you think your life would look any different if you sincerely stopped worrying about how people felt about you?
The Genesee Diary: Report from a Trappist Monastery, by Henri J. M. Nouwen (a journal of the seven months he spent in a Trappist monastery) During his time of work and silence, he had some big revelations about life and his place in it:
“You need a lot of trust to give yourself fully to someone else. . . . Many people adapt . . . but they’re not really obedient. They simply don’t want to make waves and instead go along with the trend. That is not obedience. That is adaptation. If I was able to trust more, to open myself more easily, to be more vulnerable, then obedience would not be so hard.”
A close friend of mine waited on God to reveal what He wanted her to do with her life. She had just lost a job, and so she said she won’t get another until He revealed what job she was meant to do and so she waited and waited and wait is all she did. She refused to take another job or engage in anything that will generate any form of income. For years and years she waited and is still waiting. I told her, (I’m not the type of friend that can keep my concerns about you to myself…lol), that I often wondered what would happen if she just followed her heart and just tried out something that she always wanted to do, she said she was afraid that It wouldn’t work out.
How many things do we miss because we’re afraid to follow God into the unknown and do something that seems crazy, risky or foolish? Ask anyone over 70 and they’ll tell you, the biggest regrets you will carry at the end of your life are the acts of adventure and obedience you were too afraid to take.
Stop waiting for the right opportunity because it will never come. Take a leap of faith and believe that God will not let you fall.
Ask God for courage. Be not afraid.
♡ Bible quote of the day:
(KJV) Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
11:2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
Beniboba Princewill is an accountant but she’s very curious about a lot of things from food, photography, fashion, people, books and most recently…. Her hair.
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